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Erin

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321k
in the U.S.
since 1880
Last Name
210
in the U.S.
in 2010
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Meaning and Origin

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Origin and Meaning of Erin

"Erin" is a name of Irish origin, and it means "Ireland". It's a name commonly given to girls.

Webster's Unabridged Dictionary
noun E"rin
An early, and now a poetic, name of Ireland.

Etymology: Ir. Cf. Aryan

Other Dictionary Sources
  1. An early name of Ireland that is now used in poetry
Wiktionary
  1. (poetic) Ireland; anglicisation of Irish Éireann
  2. A town in New York.
  3. A town in Ontario.
  4. A city in Tennessee.
  5. A town in Wisconsin.
  6. A female given name (also sometimes a male name).

Erin was also found in the following language(s): Finnish and Manx

Notable Persons Named Erin

Erin Moran is an actress and actor. She was most prominent from 1966 to present. Erin was given the name Erin Marie Moran on October 18th, 1960 in Burbank, California.

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Grey DeLisle is a voice actress, singer, and comedian. Her most notable accomplishments were from 1993 to present. Grey was given the name Erin Grey Van Oosbree on August 24th, 1973 in Fort Ord, California, U.S. Grey is also known as Grey DeLisle-Griffin and Grey Griffin.

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Erin Brockovich is an environmental activist and environmentalism. Erin was given the name Erin Pattee on June 22nd, 1960 in Lawrence, Kansas, USA.

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Erin was given the name Erin Margaret Murphy on June 17th, 1964 in Encino, Los Angeles.

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Erin Moriarty is an actor and actress. She was most prominent from 2010 to present. Erin was born on June 24th, 1994 in New York, U.S.

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Erin Andrews is a sportscaster, journalist, television personality, sports commentator, and celebrity. Her ongoing career started in 2000. Erin was given the name Erin Jill Andrews on May 4th, 1978 in Lewiston, Maine, U.S.

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Notable Persons With the Last Name Erin

Tami Erin is an actor and actress. She has had major accomplishments since 1988. Tami was given the name Tamara Erin Klicman on July 8th, 1974 in Wheaton, Illinois, United States.

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Hayley Erin is an actress. Her ongoing career started in 2004. Hayley was given the name Hayley Erin Feil on July 13th, 1994 in Los Angeles, California, U.S.

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How popular is the baby name Erin in the U.S.?

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Year Total Babies Born Girls Born Boys Born Ranking
1888 5 5 0
1889 6 6 0
1890 9 9 0
1894 5 5 0
1895 11 11 0
1896 6 6 0
1897 10 10 0
1898 11 11 0
1900 9 9 0
1902 7 7 0
1903 10 10 0
1904 7 7 0
1905 9 9 0
1906 10 10 0
1907 8 8 0
1908 5 5 0
1909 15 15 0
1910 9 9 0
1911 9 9 0
1912 14 14 0
1913 20 20 0
1914 21 21 0
1915 35 29 6
1916 26 26 0
1917 30 30 0
1918 29 23 6
1919 28 28 0
1920 31 25 6
1921 35 29 6
1922 16 16 0
1923 34 34 0
1924 25 19 6
1925 10 10 0
1926 10 10 0
1927 15 15 0
1928 18 18 0
1929 7 7 0
1930 9 9 0
1931 9 9 0
1932 16 16 0
1933 18 18 0
1934 22 22 0
1935 20 20 0
1936 18 18 0
1937 26 26 0
1938 41 35 6
1939 31 25 6
1940 32 27 5
1941 51 40 11
1942 47 42 5
1943 45 45 0
1944 56 50 6
1945 49 49 0
1946 74 67 7
1947 89 82 7
1948 64 59 5
1949 81 76 5
1950 90 76 14
1951 105 97 8
1952 106 89 17
1953 100 86 14
1954 186 176 10
1955 186 175 11
1956 328 307 21
1957 1,051 1,013 38
1958 1,174 1,138 36
1959 1,269 1,228 41
1960 1,207 1,154 53
1961 1,170 1,132 38
1962 1,114 1,062 52
1963 1,257 1,199 58
1964 1,500 1,426 74
1965 1,553 1,463 90
1966 1,622 1,524 98
1967 1,795 1,686 109
1968 2,021 1,863 158
1969 3,281 3,062 219
1970 3,746 3,483 263
1971 4,178 3,859 319 #92 girl name
1972 3,580 3,292 288 #93 girl name
1973 4,183 3,878 305 #79 girl name
1974 6,192 5,871 321 #47 girl name
1975 7,214 6,894 320 #38 girl name
1976 8,679 8,384 295 #24 girl name
1977 10,450 10,201 249 #23 girl name
1978 11,051 10,792 259 #21 girl name
1979 11,520 11,255 265 #21 girl name
1980 13,699 13,434 265 #20 girl name
1981 14,098 13,856 242 #19 girl name
1982 14,612 14,366 246 #20 girl name
1983 15,052 14,838 214 #18 girl name
1984 12,812 12,620 192 #25 girl name
1985 11,599 11,384 215 #26 girl name
1986 10,268 10,067 201 #30 girl name
1987 9,039 8,847 192 #34 girl name
1988 8,465 8,262 203 #37 girl name
1989 8,376 8,143 233 #40 girl name
1990 8,225 7,987 238 #43 girl name
1991 7,379 7,205 174 #44 girl name
1992 7,229 7,057 172 #46 girl name
1993 6,885 6,717 168 #48 girl name
1994 7,076 6,907 169 #45 girl name
1995 6,775 6,564 211 #49 girl name
1996 6,399 6,256 143 #51 girl name
1997 6,063 5,938 125 #52 girl name
1998 5,586 5,472 114 #57 girl name
1999 5,344 5,223 121 #58 girl name
2000 5,282 5,184 98 #60 girl name
2001 5,065 4,957 108 #60 girl name
2002 4,241 4,144 97 #72 girl name
2003 4,012 3,924 88 #80 girl name
2004 3,455 3,366 89 #95 girl name
2005 2,975 2,906 69
2006 2,716 2,643 73
2007 2,545 2,474 71
2008 2,130 2,064 66
2009 1,759 1,692 67
2010 1,497 1,440 57
2011 1,405 1,351 54
2012 1,291 1,229 62
2013 1,212 1,166 46
2014 1,070 1,019 51
2015 1,028 969 59
2016 961 920 41

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Popularity of Erin as a first name

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Popularity of Erin as a last name

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Common last names for Erin

  • Smith
  • Johnson
  • Wilson
  • Miller
  • Jones
  • Scott
  • Davis
  • Oconnor
  • Odonnell

Ethnicity Distribution

Ethnicity Erin U.S.
  White 72.38% 64.26%
  African American 14.29% 11.96%
  Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 0.00% 4.85%
  American Indian and Alaska Native 0.00% 0.69%
  Two or More Ethnicities 0.00% 1.76%
  Hispanic or Latino 10.00% 16.26%

Of Last Name Erin

People with the last name Erin are most frequently White, African American, or Hispanic or Latino

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Fun Facts about the name Erin

  • How Popular is the name Erin? Erin is the 224th most popular name of all time. As a last name Erin was the 88,336th most popular name in 2010.
  • How many people with the first name Erin have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2016, the Social Security Administration has recorded 320,896 babies born with the first name Erin in the United States. That's more than enough people named Erin to occupy the country of Iceland with an estimated population of 320,060 (as of April 1, 2012).
  • What year were 5 or more babies first named Erin? The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 1888 when it was given as a first name to 5 new born babies.
  • When was Erin first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the first name Erin is Friday, March 20th, 1874.
  • What year had the most people named Erin born? The highest recorded use of the first name Erin was in 1983 with a total of 14,838 babies. That's a lot of babies named Erin!
  • Random Erin Factoid: According to the 1982 U.S. Social Security Administration data, the first name Erin ranks 12th in popularity as a baby girl's name in Pennsylvania. Imagine that, 884 babies in Pennsylvania have the same name as you in 1982.
  • Weird things about the name Erin: Your name in reverse order is Nire. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Rnie. How do you pronounce that?
  • How many people have the last name Erin? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 210 people with the last name Erin.
  • How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Erin? Chances are, most people haven't met someone with Erin as their last name since less than 1 person in 1.4m people have that last name. If you know one, consider yourself lucky!

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  • Sources:
  • U.S. Census Bureau: Frequently Occurring Surnames from the Census 2000 (public domain).
  • U.S. Social Security Administration: Popular Baby Names, Death Master File (public domain).
  • 1913 Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary via the Collaborative International Dictionary of English (License)
  • Other Dictionary Sources: WordNet 3.1 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University (License).
  • Wiktionary: Titles and License.
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